LONDON – DONG Energy has a new gas discovery west of Shetland.
The Cragganmore exploration well was drilled in 673 m (2,208 ft) of water on block 208/17. The partners are evaluating the results to assess viability and guide further activity.
A second well on the Glenrothes structure in 1,169 m (3,835 ft) of water on block 208/11 was P&A’d after reaching TD of 4,295 m (14,091 ft). The drilling campaign started at the end of last year and continued into early 2013. Both were drilled by the drillshipWest Navigator.
GDF SUEZ E&P UK, partner in both wells, secured its first west of Shetland license last year as operator, and three more as partner. Its next exploration well in the region is planned for 2015.
GDF SUEZ E&P UK Managing Director Jean-Claude Perdigues said: “The west of Shetlands is … a very exciting area, holding an estimated 17% of the UK’s remaining hydrocarbon resources, with the potential to grow as a major gas production province. We want to become a leading exploration company, and following the installation of infrastructure, take a major part in unlocking the hydrocarbon reserves and resources in this region.”